2013 Training Course - GAMS-Based CGE Models (Basic)

Event Date: 
9 Dec, 2013 - 20 Dec, 2013 
Location: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Overview

This basic CGE modeling course is offered as one of AGRODEP's 2013 training courses. The course will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from December 9 through December 20, 2013 and will be taught by Véronique Robichaud. Interested AGRODEP members must complete applications for the course by October 21, 2013. Further details including how to apply and course details are below:


OBJECTIVES

The objective of the training is to develop the participants’ expertise in understanding and building multi-sector computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, which are used to analyze the microeconomic impact of macroeconomic shocks and policies on a national economy.

The training is set out so as to favor both the understanding of the theoretical foundations of CGE modeling, and the implementation of such models. The workshop consists of formal presentations, practical exercises using GAMS and team work.

At the end of the two-week workshop, it is expected that the participants should:

  • Understand the logic and uses of CGE models to analyze economic issues;
  • Understand social accounting matrices (SAM), i.e. the statistical base used in developing CGE models;
  • Have a basic knowledge of the GAMS software;
  • Be able to solve most of the programming errors modelers encounter;
  • Be able to use a model representing an open economy;
  • Modify a simple model in order to take into account certain specificities;
  • Understand and explain simulation results.

Course Content & Schedule

The course reading list and exercises are available to participants here
 
A list of required reading is available hereParticipants should review these readings before attending the course. 
 
A list of suggested reading is available here.

After the training PEP resource persons will be available to offer mentoring to the researchers.

 
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
AM
Opening
 
Opening remarks, presentation of participants and overview background material.
The AUTA model
 
Continuation of the implementation on GAMS of the AUTA model.
Exercises on GAMS
 
Exercises on GAMS to familiarize participants with the software.
The AUTETA model
 
Implementation on GAMS of the AUTETA model.
The AUTETA model
 
Simulations using the AUTETA model and interpretation of results.
PM
The AUTA model
 
Presentation of the SAM and equations for the AUTA model.
Implementation on GAMS.
The AUTA model
 
Simulations using the AUTA model and interpretation of results
The AUTETA model
 
Presentation of the SAM and equations for the AUTETA model.
The AUTETA model
 
Continuation of the implementation on GAMS of the AUTA model.
Free afternoon
 
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
AM
The EXTER model
 
Presentation of the SAM and equations for the EXTER model.
The EXTER model
 
Implementation on GAMS of the EXTER model.
The EXTER model
 
Discussion on closures and simulations using the EXTER model.
The EXTER2 model
 
Modeling of an international demand for exports. Review of equations and implementation on GAMS
Application
 
Simulation of a world recession and interpretation for a policy maker.
Closing remarks
PM
The EXTER model
 
Parameterization and calibration of the EXTER model.
The EXTER model
 
Continuation of the implementation on GAMS of the EXTER model.
The EXTER model
 
Simulations using the EXTER model and interpretation of results.
The EXTER2 model
 
Simulations using the EXTER2 model and interpretation of results.
Free afternoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Application

In order to apply for this course, AGRODEP members must complete the following by October 21, 2013:

Instructor

Véronique Robichaud completed a Bachelors Degree (1992) and a Masters Degree in Economics (1994) at Université Laval. Her graduate studies along with her ongoing research activities at the CIRPÉE (Centre interuniversitaire sur le risque, les politiques économiques et l'emploi) have contributed to the development of strong analytical capacities. Over the years, she has been involved in the development of analytical tools, such as computable general equilibrium models, for the CIRPÉE, Finance Canada, the Department of Finance of Québec and other research centers. Given her strong academic background and her communication skills, she has been involved in many training sessions and acts as a lecturer at the HEC Montréal (Canada). Véronique Robichaud participated in numerous research projects related to regional and international agreements, aboriginal issues, international development and environment.